Inflammation has become the buzzword of the past 10 years. It has been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and a host of autoimmune issues. Most people do not realize to what level inflammation can affect your health. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of obesity. Dr. Mark Hyman is staking his claims in the anti-inflammation game with his new book The UltraSimple Diet, a 7-day kick-start to help you lose up to 10 pounds.
Over the last decade, inflammation has become a household word. While the condition was virtually unheard of some years ago, that's all changed. Researchers pinpoint inflammation as the root of almost all health problems - from headaches to heartaches. Dr. Mark Hyman, author of the bestselling book UltraMetabolism and editor of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, has become a leader in the field of inflammation and how it affects the body.
What most people don't realize is that inflammation is a calling card for trouble. Dr. Hyman says that almost every modern disease is caused by inflammation. Regular inflammation is perfectly normal, Dr. Hyman explains. However, when the immune system shifts out of balance, inflammation goes into overdrive, wreaking havoc on the body and contributing to serious health issues.
While anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids and antihistamines are effective treatments, they don't get to the root of the problem, which is where The UltraSimple Diet comes into play.
The UltraSimple Diet is based on two key factors - fighting inflammation and battling toxicity, two conditions that make people sick and fat. People are generally unaware that triggers of inflammation include consuming too much sugar, eating excess doses of unhealthy oils and fats, hidden food allergens, not enough exercise, stress and infections.
Dr. Hyman's philosophy is that by lowering inflammation patients not only fight chronic illness, but have significant weight loss as a side effect... and all in a period of 7 days. To put his theory to the test, Dr. Hyman has more than scientific research under his belt, he also has more than 150 case studies which all support his findings.
Most people struggle for months to shed those extra pounds, but with the UltraSimple Diet, it's well, simple. There are no overwhelming calculations, no calorie or carb counting and no need for an overabundance in physical activity. In fact, Dr. Hyman does not introduce moderate exercise until after the first week, and even then it is as basic as integrating a walking program into your daily routine.
The first trick of following The UltraSimple Diet is to eliminate those foods that ignite an internal flame within the body. Prepare to swear off processed foods, refined sugars, trans fat, artificial compounds, preservatives, sweeteners, caffeine and alcohol. All of the above can hinder the body's ability to function at optimal levels.
Among the foods that you'll be eradicating from your diet are...
- Sugar of all kinds (white sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, honey, etc.)
- Sugar alcohols such as sorbitol, maltitol and more
- Artificial sweeteners (aspartame)
- Natural sweeteners (Stevia)
- Citrus fruits and juices
- Dairy products
- Beef, pork and lamb
- All flour products
- Fast food
- Junk food
- Processed food
- Refined oils and hydrogenated fats
More than likely the list above includes the foods that greatly comprise your diet, which is Dr. Hyman's point. These foods all cause inflammation and lead to a plethora of unwanted side effects including aches, pains, fatigue and much more.
By replacing the foods that are toxic with whole natural foods, the body automatically heals and repairs itself. As you modify your diet, the body undergoes a detoxification process eliminating the foods that contribute to inflammation. This also allows the body to let go of the extra weight it's been hanging onto. What many people don't realize is that the body actually has an intolerance of some very common foods including eggs, dairy, gluten, yeast, corn and others.
There are food sensitivities which are part of an immune response to food. It is a subtle thing that ends with a delayed reaction. It is a drawn out reaction that causes weight gain and chronic illness. Most individuals do not know what is going on.
The UltraSimple Diet is not about deprivation. In fact, many followers of the diet report that there is actually an abundance of food on the plan. Meals consist of whole natural foods.
Here's a rundown of what you will eat:
- Filtered water
- Fish such as sardines, herring, wild salmon, black cod, sole and cod
- Lean white meat chicken breasts
- Fresh or frozen noncitrus fruits
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh vegetable broth
- Legumes (lentils, navy beans, adzunki beans, mung beans, tofu)
- Brown rice
- Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, and pumpkin seeds)
- Flaxseeds (ground)
Dr. Hyman has designed a specific 7-day meal plan that pushes the body into the detoxification process. He also contends that individuals following The UltraSimple Diet buy organic versions of the foods on the plan wherever possible. Consuming organic foods optimizes the program by increasing the level of nutrients that body is getting.